Financial information

  • Tuition fees

    A distinction is made between statutory tuition fees and institutional tuition fees. Only if you satisfy all statutory requirements regarding your nationality and if you have not yet been awarded a degree, will you be eligible for statutory tuition fees. Via the tuition fees indicator, you can secure an indication of the type of tuition fees that will be applicable in your situation. To do so, please make use of the indicator above.

    Distinctions are made between the following types of Institutional Tuition Fees:
    • Low institutional tuition fees 
    • High institutional tuition fees

    These different types of tuition fees and the Exemption Regulations are fully detailed in the

      The amount to be paid may vary in accordance with the following situations:
      • If you have enrolled in more than one course programme (at Fontys and/or elsewhere), it is possible that you may only be obliged to pay one set of statutory tuition fees.
      • If you believe that you may be eligible to pay only the statutory tuition fees on the basis of information that may be unknown to us, please report this to your Course Department.
      • If it later transpires that you do not meet the requirements for statutory tuition fees, you will be obliged to pay the (higher) institutional tuition fees and if this is the case, you will be notified accordingly.

      If paying in instalments

      Collection will take place in a maximum of ten equal instalments on or around the 26th of the month. Depending upon the processing time required after your enrolment, the direct debit may need to be moved to the following month. If so, the amount outstanding will then be divided and added to the remaining instalments to be executed until and including the June instalment.

      Please note: In relation to the paying in instalments facility, an Administration Fee amounting to EUR 24.00 per Academic Year will be payable. This fee will be debited to your account together with the first instalment payable.

      If paying the full sum in a single payment

      If you commence your studies on 1 September, the direct debit pertaining to your Tuition Fees will be executed on or around 25 September. If you commence your studies after 1 September, the direct debit will be executed on or around the 26th of the month in which you commence your studies.

      Please note:If you have submitted your ‘Request for Enrolment’ after the date upon which the last direct debit was to be executed (i.e. on or around 25 June), payment of the full sum in a single payment will be the only option possible.

      In all cases (i.e. paying in instalments or in a single payment), prior to the execution of each direct debit, you will be sent a message in which you will be advised of the exact date upon which the direct debit is to be executed.

      If the whole amount, or an instalment (only possible when paying via a digital authorisation), cannot be directly debited, a Payment Reminder will be sent to you.
      If payment is still not made within the specified term, a payment demand will follow. If the payment demand relates to tuition fees, and payment is still not made within 14 days following the date of the payment demand, Fontys will terminate your registration by the second month following the date of the payment demand. When you receive this payment demand, your Fontys account will be blocked simultaniously. As soon as Fontys has received your payment, your account will be accessible within a few working days.

    • Costs of living

      The average living expenses per month for a foreign student living and studying in Holland are between €900 and €1100 per month. These living expenses cover rent (i.e. approximately € 600 per month), insurance, food, public transportation, books, clothing and other general costs. Of course the average costs may differ depending on your way of living.

      Costs for books, readers, materials etc. are approximately €500 in the first year of study (prices are based on the new price of the books). Additional costs for excursions and extracurricular activities may vary between €50 and €200 per academic year.

      Costs within the first months upon arrival will be higher than all other months due to a housing deposit, intro week, books, bike, additional furniture for your room. Study books are usually bought at the start of the semester and therefore it is wise to reserve and have direct access to an amount at the start of the semester which can cover the price of all study books and the living expenses for the first two months.

    • Opening a Dutch bank account

      Information about opening a bank account in the Netherlands

      This text addresses a few financial aspects typical for the Netherlands, which could make your stay a lot easier.

      Why a Dutch bank account?

      A Dutch bank account helps you with your financial needs in The Netherlands during your stay. More specifically it enables you:

      • To pay the annual tuition fee for your study in equal instalments (for instance, per month)
      • Pay the rent of your room automatically every month
      • Make low value payments in shops, at school (canteen), vendor machines etc
      • To do PIN transactions in the Netherlands, free of charge
      • The bank card enables use of ATMs and payments all over the world
      • Easy internet banking, which is included in your bank account application.

        How to open a Dutch bank account?

        Visit one of the banks mentioned at this leaflet and provide the following documents:

        • Your valid passport, of which a photocopy will be made
        • A proof of enrolment or registration at Fontys
        • Your residence permit for the Netherlands or the approval letter of the Dutch Immigration Service (IND) in case you do not have your residence permit card yet.
        • Your citizen registration number (BSN). You have received this number at your registration at the City hall. Or you will receive it shortly after your registration.
        • Proof of your address (copy rental contract of your room)


          In case you are a minor (<18) opening a bank account will not be easy. The Rabobank in Eindhoven* has made special arrangements for the minor international student. Bring the personal data of one of your parents, a home address and an email address. You are allowed to hand in your citizen registration number (BSN) at a later moment. If you have a birth certificate with you it will be of help. It is possible the other banks are also willing to make an exemption for you as a minor.

          Further instructions will be provided by the bank of your choice:


          Office Eindhoven
          Emmasingel 4,
          5611 AZ Eindhoven

          Office Tilburg
          Spoorlaan 300,
          5017 JZ Tilburg

          Office Venlo
          Peperstraat 8,
          5911 HA Venlo

          ING Bank

          Office Eindhoven
          Nieuwstraat 1-5,
          5611 DA Eindhoven

          Office Tilburg
          Spoorlaan 420,
          5038 CG Tilburg

          Office Venlo
          Keulsepoort 10,
          5911 BZ Venlo

          ABN-Amro bank

          Office Eindhoven
          Vestdijk 18,
          5611 CC Eindhoven

          Office Tilburg
          Heuvelring 88,
          5038 CL Tilburg

          Office Venlo
          Keulsepoort 12,
          5911 BZ Venlo

        • Literature list
        •   Laptop specifications and required software

          Laptop specifications


          • Powerful Intel Core i7 or i9 processor
          • Intel Core 2 or AMD Athlon 64 processor; 1.8 GHz or faster processor
          • Microsoft Windows 10
          • SSD harddrive with minimum 256 GB
          • Minimum 8 GB RAM (16 GB is recommended)
          • 3.1 GB free disk space for Windows
          • Screen with a minimum resolution of 1280x800; graphics card of Nvidia or ATI with a minimum of 2GB dedicated memory; OpenGL 2.0 support


          • Multicore Intel-processor with 64-bits support, Intel Core 2 i5 or i7 edition
          • MacOS version 10.12 (Sierra) or higher
          • SSD harddrive with minimum 256 GB
          • Minimum 8 GB RAM (16 GB is recommended)
          • 8 GB free disk space
          • Retina screen with 16 bits colours; minimum 2 GB graphics card is recommended *
          • OpenGL 2.0 support

          * 3D functionality is disabled on 32 bits platforms and on computers with less than 512 MB VRAM. Video functionality is not supported on 32 bits Windows systems.

          Required Software

          In the starting week of the new academic year (26-30 August 2019) you can buy software at discounted student prices. You will receive more information in the information sessions on how to buy software as a student.

          • License Fontys antivirus F-Secure at (first 2 weeks are free, afterwards it’s 2 euros per license)
          • License Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus. Student license is free at
          • License Adobe Creative Cloud*. Student license for 2 devices costs €132,75 at

          * An internet connection and Adobe ID account are required. To activate and use this product you need to accept the license agreement. This product possibly is integrated, or gives access to online services that are hosted by Adobe or third parties. Adobe services are only available to users at a minimum age of 13 years old who accept the terms and conditions and privacy policy of Adobe. Applications and services might not be available in all countries or languages and may change or end without prior notification. There might be extra fees or subscription costs.